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Northern Virginia School of Therapeutic Massage - Intensive Massage Therapy Classes

Course Descriptions:

Massage Theory and Technique: Provides a foundation for continued study in massage therapy. Northern Virginia School of Therapeutic Massage Students will learn to give a full body massage using the five basic Swedish strokes to increase relaxation and reduce stress. Northern Virginia School of Therapeutic Massage students will learn:

  • Theory of massage
  • Contraindications
  • Effects of Massage
  • Draping
  • Proper Body Mechanics
All of which give an effective massage and ensure client comfort.


Anatomy and Physiology: Students will learn the anatomical organization and the physiological functions of the human body. Understanding anatomy, physiology and proper terminology will enable the student to adjust a massage treatment in order to obtain a desired result.

Kinesiology: Kinesiology is the study of movement in the human body. This course will explain the origin, insertion, and actions of the muscles that move the body. Students will develop skills in locating boney landmarks, muscles, tendons, ligaments and associated structures, so they can gain the ability to recognize the difference. This provides the student with the ability to understand the relationship and function of muscles so one can identify areas of dysfunction and pain.


Pathology: This course provides the student with an understanding of disease, dysfunction, and conditions of the body that may be encountered in the practice of massage therapy. Topics include all of the body systems.


Ethics: This course provides a defined understanding of the standards and professionalism necessary for massage therapists to properly represent themselves and the massage profession. In class discussion emphasizes ethical conduct and understanding the professional boundaries of massage therapy. Students will also review and discuss the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork Standards of Practice.


Business: This course is an introduction to the basic business topics and practices relating to massage therapy. Topics include: the different types of business operations, start up requirements, marketing, and spa management.


Deep Tissue Massage: Students will learn to identify tension in different layers of tissue and treat them appropriately. By using slow movements to unfold underlying tissue the student will learn to treat chronic postural tension and emotional trauma that is stored in the body.


Sports Massage: This course is designed to give a student the skills necessary for working with an athlete. Students will learn specific massage techniques for pre-event massage, post-event massage, rehabilitative care and range of motion. Specific injuries will be explained and identified, and students will learn how to treat these injuries appropriately.


Clinical Massage: This course will outline treatment goals for relieving musculoskeletal conditions and will prepare students to work in both in the clinical and spa settings. The student will learn eleven of these common conditions and apply foundational science to their massage practice. The course will deliver the progression from understanding each condition to assessing the client's needs and finally working with the client.


Pharmacology: This course provides students with the basic and necessary information on pharmacology and gives students the framework to better assess and treat clients. Students will learn about the most used medications and how they may affect massage treatment. This course is an introduction to understanding common medications in order to determine contraindications and the best massage treatment to use based on medications.


Chair Massage: In this course, students will learn creative skills and techniques to perform a professional chair massage. Chair massage is a great marketing strategy to build ones practice.


Traditional Chinese Medicine: Traditional Chinese Medicine looks for disharmony in the internal and external environment to treat and prevent disease. This course explores an introduction to the yin/yang concept, the five elements, the meridians, and basic shiatsu techniques. Students will learn the basic concepts and techniques.


Reflexology: Reflexology is based on the theory that all body parts and organs correspond to points on the feet. Proper manipulations and techniques are taught to identify these specific points. Treating these reflexology points are performed to return the body to homeostasis.


Hydrotherapy and Spa: Students will be able to use and describe different agents of heat and cold in body treatments. This course also gives students an introduction to spa procedures.


Muscle Energy Techniques: METs are a contract/relax technique used to restore balance to muscles. Students will be able to understand the physiology of this concept and demonstrate the appropriate techniques.


Clinic/Fieldwork: This course coordinates the students with the general public for massage therapy sessions, in which, the student will gain confidence and experience in different massage related circumstances. An instructor supervises all clinic and fieldwork sessions.


Alternative Modalities: Students will be introduced to other therapeutic modalities available in the massage profession, so they can further study upon completion of the program to better serve their clientele.

*For additional information about our program please request a catalog.

 

Northern Virginia School of Therapeutic Massage is certified by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.


National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.



Northern Virginia School of Therapeutic Massage is a member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals.

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